Arsenal and Tottenham are preparing to go head-to-head in a battle to sign QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, according to a number of sources.
Both North London clubs have scouted the £10m rated Argentine following his consistently impressive form since joining from Instituto de Cordoba in 2009. Faurlin has also attracted interest from Italy with Napoli keeping tabs on his progress, and it’s not the first time a Serie A side has been in for the midfielder. He reportedly turned down the chance to play for Inter before signing for QPR as Jose Mourinho could not guarantee him first team football.
Faurlin’s enthusiasm for the Premiership was notable on signing for QPR when he told the club’s official site: “I am really pleased to be here in England, playing for a club like Queens Park Rangers. I know a lot about the English game and I really admire the ability of the teams at this level.”
Question marks will be raised on whether the 25 year-old can step up another level and continue impressing at the very top of the English game. With the January transfer window looming we may just find out, should Redknapp or Wenger decide to dip into their owners pockets. Either manager may see Faurlin as a player who can strengthen the midfield in a bid to push for Champions League qualification in the second half of the season.
Reports are suggesting the £10m rated man is being pursued by Redknapp in a bid to replace Luka Modric at the end of the season when the Croat is expected to orchestrate a move out of White Hart Lane again. The Spurs boss managed to hang onto him during the summer and there’s no reason he can’t do it again especially if Champions League qualification is achieved.
A move to The Emirates may be a more likely outcome with Wenger still looking to replace the void left by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
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